Steve McQueen To Develop Titillating New Drama For HBO

The much-buzzed about director is slated to make his first foray into television with another project featuring a black protagonist.

According to an exclusive bit from Deadline, Steve McQueen has teamed up with World War Z co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and Oscar-winning producers Ian Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech) to develop an untitled drama for HBO.

Aiming to utilize McQueen’s signature style of provocative filmmaking and taut subject matter, the piece is being described as a “Six Degrees Of Separation Meets Shame.” To be more succinct, the television drama would chronicle and explore a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a “past that may not be what it seems.”

HBO and all parties involved have fast-tracked the project and already begun casting for a potential shoot before McQueen starts his next film project. McQueen, Simmons and Carnahan are all listed as executive producers.

Meanwhile, McQueen’s third feature, 12 Years A Slave, continues to do well at the box office and is considered a prime Oscar contender.

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